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VuFind Developers Call Minutes: April 11, 2017

Attending: Chris Hallberg, Claas Kazzer, Ben Mosior


1. Development Updates

JIRA Tickets

  • VUFIND-1224 - The solution to this problem (a new optional variable to pass arbitrary parameters through VuFind's Solr startup script to the Solr-provided startup script) has been merged to master.
  • VUFIND-1225 - A reminder to make LibGuides API URLs configurable for compatibility with new European data center.

Pull Requests

  • #940 - merged - Autocomplete bug fix.
  • #941 - in progress - Work in progress on Vagrant support.
  • #942 - merged - Bug fix: correct handling of hidden filter with value of '0'.
  • #943 - merged - Remove overly verbose debug messages from MultiBackend driver.
  • #944 - in progress - Work in progress on fixing DOAJ harvesting (which was broken when the platform changed on the DOAJ side).
  • #945 - merged - Minor fix to Voyager / MultiBackend ILS driver interaction.
  • #946 - merged - Minor improvement to Composer configuration (reduce redundancy).
  • #947 - in progress - Work on improving MARC handling in record drivers.
  • #948 - merged - Minor tweak to EDS record driver to eliminate PHP notice.
  • #949 - merged - Bug fix to hierarchical facet processing (didn't previously work in batch ID retrieval context).
  • #950 - in progress - Work in progress on loading AJAX status only when items scroll into view.
  • #951 - merged - Bug fix to advanced search processing.
  • #952 - merged - Zend\Feed dependency upgrade.
  • #953 - merged - Minor improvements to Piwik tracking.
  • #954 - in progress - Demonstration of how templates look if we abandon PHP short tags (which is probably best practice, and solves some problems with Heroku).
  • #955 - in progress - Work in progress on a proof of concept Alma driver.

2. Development Planning

VuFind on Heroku

No pushes, but progress. Looking into Docker instead of directly Heroku. Reasons include the file system is more compatible and it would make VuFind compatible with most available container services. Claas already has a Docker setup, will share code.

Image Metadata API Revisited

No news.

Breaking Up Templates

No news – pull request should be reviewed/merged soon.


No news – pull request should be reviewed/merged soon.


No news.

Next ZF Version

The long-awaited pull request merge for Zend\Feed has finally occurred, so Demian was able to bring VuFind up to date on RSS handling. This in turn opens up the ability to upgrade some other packages that were blocked by the presence of the old version of Zend\Feed. Unfortunately, we now have a new blocker: the phpDocumentor tool has some hard-coded ZF 2 dependencies in the most recently released version; this appears to be fixed in the project's master branch, but we will have to wait for a new release there before we can proceed. Demian has contacted the project's dev team to see if anything can be done to expedite the process.

Improved Use of Permissions

No news.

Solr 6

No news.

Deprecation Progress

No news.

Wiki Documentation Improvements?

There has been some discussion of improving the clarity of the wiki (for example, using badges to clarify the context of certain sections). Suggestions, or volunteers for helping with an overhaul, would be most welcome.

Versioned wiki came up, where you could switch between versions to see previous versions of the wiki for previous versions of the software (Confluence example).

Preparing for 4.0

We should start thinking about a release date, and also deciding which features are must-haves for the release.

Other Front End Updates

Bootstrap theme issues

Chris working to reduce the strength of the Bootstrap classes. Class is working to make a list with other colleagues about the difficult to customize parts of VuFind, will put on a PR when the modern theme preview or Bootstrap re-classing PRs go live.

3. VuFind Usage Survey

No news.

4. Institutional Home

No news. The subject did not come up at LDCX as Demian had thought it might. Other conversations are still pending.

5. Other Topics?

VuFind demo has a very dated looking theme. May be a good place to have the modern theme preview.

Next Call

The next call will be Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9am Eastern Daylight Time (13:00 GMT).

developers_call/minutes20170411.txt · Last modified: 2017/04/20 12:47 by demiankatz